Weddings in Somerset

Medieval wedding reception venue and gardens in Somerset

Whether your arrival is by car or a relaxed stroll across the drawbridge, as you make your way through the arch of the ancient gatehouse you will be greeted with breath-taking views of the stunning, 800-year-old medieval building that will be your venue for the day.  

A Medieval Palace For Your Wedding Reception

Steeped in history, The Palace and Gardens sit at the heart of the historical and medieval city of Wells in Somerset.

In fine weather the Palace building, terrace and gardens are the perfect backdrop for your reception. The atmospheric medieval entrance hall with it’s roaring log fire offers a wonderful alternative in colder months.

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14 Acres of RHS Partner Gardens

‘Exquisite all year round’

14 acres of perfectly kept gardens for you and your guests to enjoy, the gardens really have something quite magical about them.

With the moat surrounding The Palace, offering the tranquil sounds of flowing water, the stunning backdrop of Wells Cathedral, picturesque willow bridge and seasonal flowers and plants all year round the gardens provide the most beautiful space for you and your friends and family to gather and the perfect backdrop to your wedding photography.

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The Wedding Feast

Lit with candles, the Palace’s medieval Undercroft is a truly magical location for your wedding breakfast boasting a magnificent, vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows.  Seating 105 at maximum capacity along our bespoke wooden banqueting tables or 155 for an evening reception it provides the ideal intimate atmosphere. 

Choose one of our approved caterers for your day; they’ll also arrange a menu tasting session and provide staff, linen and tableware.

Following your speeches and the cutting of the cake, you can retire to the Palace’s elegant Long Gallery for tea and coffee.

Relax and take time to enjoy this more informal part of your day with your guests whilst we transform the Undercroft into the space for your first dance as a married couple.  Whatever your choice of music (live or a DJ) you can relax and enjoy the festivities.

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Autumn/Winter Weddings

‘A warm & inviting welcome awaits’.

Imagine windows softly lit, roaring fire in the entrance hall and a glass of warmed mulled punch! The Palace has something to offer all year round, especially in Winter.

The gardens remain beautifully kept, with an array of colours in the trees and borders to hold interest. The crystal-clear waters of the moat and waterfall are a truly magical sight.

Christmas 2024 dates now available! Contact us for more information.

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Wedding Ceremonies

Whilst The Bishop’s Palace doesn’t have a wedding licence you can choose from a number of approved premises within a short walk for your ceremony including St Thomas’ Church, St Cuthbert’s Church or the elegant building of Wells Town Hall, adjacent to the Palace in Wells’ historic marketplace.

Wedding Testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it—read the heartfelt testimonials of our delighted wedding couples below.

Annabel & Tudor – Spring 2024

“We were so fortunate to have our wedding reception at the Bishop’s Palace. Simply, the Bishop’s Palace is a magical venue; with historical buildings, beautiful gardens, complete with a moat! Imogen and her team were so helpful and accommodating, and really helped make our day so memorable – thank you!”

Joe & Illy – Spring 2024

“Simply the best day of our lives. From the delicious food provided by the French Kitchen to the extensive guidance supplied by events manager Imogen, the overall standard of service and support was excellent. A magical place to get married.”

The Bishop’s Palace is a ‘Love My Dress’ Recommended Venue

We are delighted to be a recommended wedding reception venue by ‘Love My Dress’.

You can read the full article here to find out more about what you can expect from a wedding at The Bishop’s Palace.

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Our Wedding Gallery

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Considering having your wedding at The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens?

Contact Imogen, our Weddings & Events Manager, on 01749 988111 or via email at [email protected] to discuss your ideas or to see our venue.

Alternatively you can get in touch via our contact form below:

Wedding Enquiries

Fill in the form below and we’ll be in contact as soon as possible to discuss how The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens can help to make your special day unforgettable:


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